Pike: 73 Million Smart Meters Shipped in ‘11

Report Title: Smart-Grid-Deployment-Rracker-4Q11

Report Author: Pike Research

Publish Date: 3/28/2012

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Report Summary:

Smart Meter and Smart Grid Projects, Meter Data Management, Communications
Networks, and Smart Grid Systems Integrators: Project Tracking, Vendor Selection Share, and Unit Shipments

Smart meter and smart grid deployments continued at a moderate pace in 4Q 2011. Large ongoing projects in both China and North America helped fuel demand for meter shipments at steady volumes. For all of 2011, vendors shipped a large quantity of smart meters worldwide, totaling nearly 73 million, according to Pike Research’s Smart Grid Deployment Tracker. However, some sluggishness appeared in 4Q 2011 when overall smart meter shipments slipped nearly 8% from 3Q 2011, due in part to some projects winding down and fewer new big projects coming to market. According to Pike Research’s analysis, global smart meter shipments reached 17.8 million in 4Q 2011. As was the case in previous quarters of 2011, shipments in China accounted for the vast majority of global activity in 4Q 2011. Yet China’s market remains ambiguous since it is unclear how these new meters are actually configured and used in AMR and AMI systems.

During 4Q 2011, medium-sized and smaller utilities announced some new smart grid deployments. For example, in the United States, Lafayette Utilities System chose Elster as its vendor for a smart grid deployment to 66,000 of its customers. And in North Carolina, Wake Electric chose a Sensus AMI system for its 35,000 members who span a seven-county area surrounding the state’s capital city of Raleigh. But these are rather small volumes when compared to projects announced in previous quarters of 2011 when millions of endpoints were involved. Meanwhile in the United Kingdom, British Gas said it was halting further installations of smart meters until the government clarified its smart meter plans.

This Pike Research tracker report, updated quarterly, provides detailed analysis of worldwide utility smart grid and smart meter programs including tracking of customer endpoints, metering vendors, communications vendors, and systems integrators. The tracker includes a tactical examination of technologies, deployment timeframes, and vendor selections for each utility deployment, along with vendor market share analysis.

Key Questions Addressed:
  • Which utilities are actively engaged in smart grid and smart meter deployments on a worldwide basis and what are their intended volumes and timeframes?
  • Which technologies have various utilities selected for their deployment projects?
  • Which meter manufacturers, communications module vendors, systems integrators, and meter data management providers are working with specific utilities?
  • What are the market shares of these companies in terms of utility vendor selections in the United States?

Table of Contents

1.      Executive Summary

1.1  Introduction

1.2  New Market Activity

1.3  Vendor Selection Share Analysis

1.4  Smart Meter and AMI Communications Node Shipments

2.      New Market Activity

2.1  Overview

2.2  Activity in the United States

2.2.1    Lafayette Utilities System

2.2.2    Wake Electric

2.2.3    Kauai Island Utility Cooperative

2.2.4    Nashville Electric Service

2.2.5    Maui Smart Grid Project

2.2.6    Echelon and Duke Energy

2.2.7    OGE (Oklahoma Gas and Electric)

2.3  Activity in Ecuador

2.3.1    Electrica de Guayaquil (Ecuador)

2.4  Activity in the United Kingdom

2.4.1    Isle of Wight

2.4.2    British Gas

2.5  Activity in Spain

2.5.1    Iberdrola

2.6  Activity in Taiwan

3.      Vendor Selection Share Analysis

3.1  Introduction

3.2  Meter Manufacturer Vendor Selection Share

3.3  Communications Modules Vendor Selection Share

3.4  Systems Integrators Vendor Selection Share

3.5  Meter Data Management Provider Vendor Selection Share

4.      Smart Meter and Communications Node Shipments

4.1  Introduction

4.1.1    Definitions

4.2  Global Meter and AMI Communications Node Shipments

4.2.1    China Challenge (Enduring)

4.2.2    Global AMI Communications Nodes by Technology

4.2.3    Global Smart Meters by Meter Type

4.3  North American Meter and AMI Communications Node Shipments

4.4  Europe Meter and AMI Communications Node Shipments

4.5  Latin America, Middle East/Africa, Asia Pacific Markets

5.      Table of Contents
6.      Table of Charts and Figures
7.      Scope of Study, Sources and Methodology, Notes

List of Charts and Figures

  • Cumulative Meter Manufacturer Vendor Selection Share, North America: 4Q 2011
  • Smart Meter Shipments by Region, World Markets: 4Q 2011
  • Smart Meter Shipments by Region, World Markets excluding China: 4Q 2011
  • Cumulative Meter Manufacturer Vendor Selection Share, North America: 4Q 2011
  • Cumulative AMI Communications Vendor Selection Share, North America: 4Q 2011
  • Cumulative Systems Integrator Selection Share, North America: 4Q 2011
  • Cumulative Meter Data Management Vendor Selection Share, North America: 4Q 2011
  • Smart Meter Shipments by Region, World Markets: 4Q 2011
  • Smart Meter Shipments by Region, World Markets Excluding China: 4Q 2011
  • AMI Node Shipments by Technology, World Markets: 4Q 2011
  • AMI Node Shipments by Technology, World Markets Excluding China: 4Q 2011
  • Smart Meter Shipments by Meter Type, World Markets: 4Q 2011
  • Smart Meter Shipments by Meter Type, World Markets Excluding China: 4Q 2011
  • AMI Node Shipments by Technology, North America: 4Q 2011
  • Smart Meter Shipments by Meter Type, North America: 4Q 2011
  • AMI Node Shipments by Technology, Europe: 4Q 2011
  • Smart Meter Shipments by Meter Type, Europe: 4Q 2011

List of Tables

  • New Smart Grid and AMI Deployments Announced, United States: 4Q 2011
  • New Smart Grid and AMI Deployments Announced, Latin America: 3Q & 4Q 2011
  • AMI and Smart Grid Deployments, North America
  • AMI and Smart Grid Deployments, World Markets
  • Cumulative Meter Manufacturer Vendor Selection Share, North America: 4Q 2011
  • Cumulative AMI Communications Vendor Selection Share, North America: 4Q 2011
  • Cumulative Systems Integrator Selection Share, North America: 4Q 2011
  • Cumulative Meter Data Management Vendor Selection Share, North America: 4Q 2011
  • Smart Meter, AMI Communications, and HAN Node Shipments, World Markets: 1Q to 4Q 2011
  • Smart Meter, AMI Communications, and HAN Node Shipments, North America: 1Q to 4Q 2011
  • Smart Meter, AMI Communications, and HAN Node Shipments, Latin America: 1Q to 4Q 2011
  • Smart Meter, AMI Communications, and HAN Node Shipments, Europe: 1Q to 4Q 2011
  • Smart Meter, AMI Communications, and HAN Node Shipments, Asia Pacific: 1Q to 4Q 2011
  • Smart Meter, AMI Communications, and HAN Node Shipments, Middle East/Africa: 1Q to 4Q 2011
  • Smart Meter Shipments by Region, World Markets: 1Q to 4Q 2011
  • AMI Node Shipments by Technology, World Markets: 1Q to 4Q 2011
  • AMI Node Shipments by Technology, World Markets excluding China: 1Q to 4Q 2011
  • Smart Meter Shipments by Meter Type, World Markets: 1Q to 4Q 2011
  • Smart Meter Shipments by Meter Type, China: 1Q to 4Q 2011
  • Smart Meter Shipments by Meter Type, World Markets excluding China: 1Q to 4Q 2011
  • AMI Node Shipments by Technology, North America: 1Q to 4Q 2011
  • Smart Meter Shipments by Meter Type, North America: 1Q to 4Q 2011
  • AMI Node Shipments by Technology, Europe: 1Q to 4Q 2011
  • Smart Meter Shipments by Meter Type, Europe: 1Q to 4Q 2011
  • Cumulative Meter Manufacturer Vendor Selection Share, North America: 4Q 2011
  • Smart Meter Shipments by Region, World Markets: 4Q 2011
  • Smart Meter Shipments by Region, World Markets excluding China: 4Q 2011
  • Cumulative Meter Manufacturer Vendor Selection Share, North America: 4Q 2011
  • Cumulative AMI Communications Vendor Selection Share, North America: 4Q 2011
  • Cumulative Systems Integrator Selection Share, North America: 4Q 2011
  • Cumulative Meter Data Management Vendor Selection Share, North America: 4Q 2011
  • Smart Meter Shipments by Region, World Markets: 4Q 2011
  • Smart Meter Shipments by Region, World Markets excluding China: 4Q 2011
  • AMI Node Shipments by Technology, World Markets:  4Q 2011
  • AMI Node Shipments by Technology, World Markets excluding China: 4Q 2011
  • Smart Meter Shipments by Meter Type, World Markets: 4Q 2011
  • Smart Meter Shipments by Meter Type, World Markets excluding China: 4Q 2011
  • AMI Node Shipments by Technology, North America: 4Q 2011
  • Smart Meter Shipments by Meter Type, North America: 4Q 2011
  • AMI Node Shipments by Technology, Europe: 4Q 2011
  • Smart Meter Shipments by Meter Type, Europe: 4Q 2011

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